4th 6 Weeks
Chamber and Sinfonietta Orchestras
A sectional calendar was given to your child to keep in their orchestra binder last semester for our sectional rehearsals in the months of January, February, and March. A digital copy of the calendar can be found under the Calendar section of this website. As a reminder, all rehearsals are a major grade.
MAIN EVENT SOCIAL
Join us for a social at Main Event! Students can sign up by submitting their signed form and payment of $22 by January 11th.
3rd 6 Weeks
Orchestra Picture Day will be Thursday, November 11th. Students should wear their informal uniform (the orchestra spirit shirt, long jeans, and closed-toe shoes) to school. Students that want to change after the picture may bring spare clothes to do so.
If you would like to purchase the group photo OR have your child take individual pictures with their instrument, please see the below message from the Visual Services of Texas.
Orchestra Picture Day is: Thursday, November 11th, 2021.
You can safely prepay online right now!
Just click on this link: (This link is not compatible on cell phones. Please use a computer.)
Use Flyer Code: 5016VST
Student’s will receive flyers, to bring home, from their coach/director.
Students should bring a completed order envelope, to our photographer, on picture day.
Thank you for your order!
For questions or help, please contact: VST Customer Service: 281-341-1031 ext.2
Dress hemming day for Performing Orchestra formal dresses is Friday November 12th. The green form for dress hemming is due by Tuesday November 9th. Students can store their dress in the orchestra room the day of the hemming, and will change into their dress during the orchestra class.
In the months of November and December we are holding a Donation Campaign for the Spartan Orchestra program! 100% of the donation goes towards the experiences, equipment, and active growth of the orchestra program. In lieu of a traditional door-to-door fundraiser or charging admission for concerts, we kindly request that each family participates in the campaign.
This year in particular, we are raising money to replace the broken stand racks, broken tuners, and add instrument storage for the growing population of orchestra students.
You can send a donation at any time with your child using this form: https://www.sljhorchestras.org/uploads/8/6/1/1/86119594/donation_form.pdf
Alternatively, we will have this form printed during the upcoming December performances.
The Performing Orchestras are invited to the Annual Orchestra Wrap Party on Tuesday December 7th! (Please note that this is a change from the original date of 12/8.)
We will be teaching how to safely decorate instruments for the Caroling Ensemble Concert. Students will bring a bag labeled with their name to the orchestra room with wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and any optional bows/ribbon/tinsel/etc.
A permission form will be sent home as the event date approaches.
5TH GRADE TOUR
The Chamber Orchestra will be performing at three elementary schools for the 5th grade students on Wednesday December 8th during the school day. This will be an excused absence for the students, however they are responsible for any missed work for their other classes. Please see the itinerary below for details.
Students may bring a packed lunch or money for the Katy Mills Mall food court. Attire is the informal uniform.
First Year Orchestra
The FYO Winter Concert is scheduled for Thursday December 9th in the Seven Lakes Junior High Café! Students will stay after school for the rehearsal and pizza dinner. Please see the itinerary below for the exact details. Following the performance we will have a reception for students and their friends and families to enjoy and celebrate! A sign-up genius will be emailed out in December for contributions to the reception.
Students’ Formal Attire
CAROLING ENSEMBLE CONCERT
The Caroling Ensemble Concert is scheduled for Friday December 10th at Seven Lakes Junior High! This concert will feature the students in ensembles (small groups) instead of their full orchestra class. We will schedule the students for performances in the cafe, rotunda, and two gyms. Student call will be 6:15pm, and the performances will take place from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
This performance will be a double major grade for the students: their performance participation and an audience analysis assignment.
2nd 6 Weeks
Homework grades (Other Grades) for orchestra are for the students to practice at home and complete their Practice Planner for the week. Parents, please note the following details regarding the Planners:
We have been in touch with the vendors for the orchestra spirit shirts and the formal uniforms for performing orchestras regarding the SLJH orders. At this time, the vendors have both expressed that the SLJH orders are delayed due to delayed shipment quantities on their end. While both companies have reassured us that they are shipping orders as fast as they get items in, we do not have an official date for these items.
Currently, the Fall Concert is designated as Formal Uniform. If a change is necessary because of the timing of these shipments, we will email parents about how that change will look.
ALL-REGION ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS - OCTOBER 16th
Students signed up for the All-Region Orchestra Auditions must attend the final events in preparation for the audition:
Results will be available by the end of the day, via QR code. Students should be prepared to be picked up promptly after their room has concluded the audition.
* SLJH will need 3 parent volunteers as room monitors. Details about these positions will be emailed at a later date. *
FALL CONCERT - OCTOBER 19th
The Fall Concert will be located at the Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. Students should dress in informal attire.
The concert is a double major grade: performance and audience participation. Students are required to stay for the entire concert as an audience member. If you are unable to be at the concert, we kindly request that you are prompt in picking up your child at 8 pm.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are in need of volunteers for the concert! We are looking for one adult per orchestra. The volunteer would take attendance, remain with the group during the other performances, lead the group to the stage for their performance, and monitor student behavior. During your child's performance you would have a reserved seat in the front row. If you are interested, please sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C45A8AD2CABF85-fall
Performing Orchestra Formal Concert Dress